Winter-Themed Concert by Danbury Community Orchestra December 2

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The Danbury Community Orchestra will perform under the direction of Stephen Michael Smith, music director and conductor of the Community Orchestra, on Sunday, December 2 at 7pm in Ives Concert Hall.  Ives Concert Hall is located in White Hall on the mid-town campus of Western Connecticut State University in Danbury.

 

Featuring 80 musicians, from  teenage to adult, the musicians in the Danbury Community Orchestra come from more than 15 area towns.

 

The program will celebrate winter in all its frozen glory – snow, sleet, freezing rain, and wind.  The concert opener is from Gluzanov’s ballet “The Seasons”.  It is a musical depiction in four short descriptive movements of a very harsh Russian winter.  Closing the program is a little known piece, “Sleigh Ride” from ‘Winter Night’, the second movement of Delius’ Three Small Tone-Poems. Written in 1890, many years before the much more famous Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson, listeners will hear many similarities.

 

Also being performed is Symphony No. 5 by Dvorak and the Overture to Oberon by von Weber.

 

This concert is one hour in length and is suitable for all families.
Stephen Michael Smith has been music director and conductor of the Danbury Community Orchestra since 2004.  He resides in New York City and in New Fairfield.  He is also the director of the Long Island Pops Orchestra, the director of the Stephen Smith Singers of New York City, the director of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock, and the Founder/Conductor Laureate of Sing Out! Brooklyn. He has been guest conductor of numerous orchestras throughout Europe and the USA.

 

Admission is free, thanks to major funding from The Hand Center of Western Connecticut. Donations at the door are gratefully accepted.

 

Please contact the Danbury Music Centre at (203)748-1716 or dmc1935@snet.net for additional information about this concert.

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